Actor John Wayne plays Ethan Edwards in The Searchers. Photograph: Warner Bros/AP Photo

Among the waves of bizarre news last week, one gobbet stood out for lovers of cinema. For a day or so, Mattie McGrath caused his own name and that of (...)

'It takes a certain mindset to be good. It’s a particular kind of memory. It’s not an intelligence thing so much as it’s how your mind works.' Photograph: iStockphoto

Quizzes are having a moment. Under lockdown, quiz nights on Zoom have become a regular occurrence. The quiz creation and learning app Kahoot! is among(...)

University Challenge winners: Freya McClements with her Magdalen College team-mates Dave Cox, Matt Holdcroft and Josh Spero. Photograph: BBC

When I watched Conor McMeel and his Imperial College team-mates win University Challenge on Monday night, I knew how they felt. Sixteen years ago I l(...)

Noting is simple any more. Going for a cup of coffee nowadays can involve more questions than on University Challenge. Recently, while queuing in a Du(...)

Clive James in Dublin promoting his autobiography Clive James – Always Unreliable in 2001. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Clive James, who has died at the age of 80, was one of his era’s great polymaths. (His near-contemporary Jonathan Miller, whose death was announced on(...)

 TV chef and author Nadiya Hussain on the Graham Norton Show. File photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

Nadiya’s Family Favourites Monday, BBC Two, 8pm Look out, Nigella: British Pakistani chef Nadiya Hussain has your crown on her ingredients list, an(...)

Jeremy Clarkson: ‘I can feel the word “hate” being stencilled on my back by the audience’

The world was a different place in 1998. The Good Friday Agreement gave us hope for lasting peace in Northern Ireland. The US president was embroiled (...)

See here now: Liam Gallagher on the celebrity version of  Gogglebox with his mum Peggy and son Gene

Celebrities, they’re just like us, eh? Not really, but they love trying to be. There’s a trend among the rich and ridiculous of denying their entertai(...)

Rylan, with his charming, personable manner needs a Blind Date or a Family Fortunes, a show that can be sold on his personality rather than this quiz equivalent of a cruise ship restaurant

No one needs another quiz show. TV is crammed with quizzes that manage to cater to every facet of the precarious mental state. If you’re feeling bad a(...)

Modern family: Koko with Penny Patterson, who said she’d taught the gorilla to sign up to 1,000 words

The summer reheats have started earlier this year: what station would roll out anything too exciting when soccer is hoovering up viewers? A million (...)

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